Will Roney

Book Review – The Extra Mile by David McLeod and Chris Brady

In Non-Fiction Writing on November 2, 2011 at 15:53

The Extra Mile: How to Engage Your People to Win

Why is engagement important? Why should you, as a manager go the extra mile to ensure that the people you manage are fully committed to the business you are all a part of?

The essence of “The Extra Mile” by David Macleod and Chris Brady is that the more engaged your staff are, the better the working environment. The idea is that if your staff are part of the decision making process, then they are more likely to work harder and more effectively to a set of common aims. The problem is encapsulated in one of the many figures in the book which describes that only 12% of all employees consider themselves ‘highly engaged’ at work. Is this worse than the 23% who say that they’re totally disengaged? This is the reason for this book

In their book, David Macleod and Chris Brady attempt to identify the processes and techniques that can be employed in order to bring this result about. The first half of the book is centred around the concept of engagement, and the second looks at what are called “The Seven Pillars of Engagement” – a way of building a more empowered workforce who feel that their talents are not wasted in the company that you work for.

This is not a book with any easy and simple processes and procedures that can be followed to re-engage your workforce. In its place there are a series of chapters that get to the heart of the problem that inhibits effective working between managers and their teams. Moreover this book is about a broad brush of how people need to trust and to feel engaged when dealing with their organisational superiors.

The Extra Mile” has a great deal of detail relating to engagement and trust in the workplace. This is not a book to flick through but one to read, think about and implement fully into a workforce that is looking to be engaged.

This book review was originally published on Family Friendly Working, a site packed with advice on flexible work for mums and dads. Have you enjoyed this review? If you have, click through and buy the book HERE!


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